地道美语听力播客:叫出租车
日期:2011-11-09 17:58

(单词翻译:单击)

对话原文
My company sent me on my first business trip, and I was supposed to travel around the city in taxis. Having never ridden in a taxi before, I had problems from start to finish.
公司派我进行商务旅行,我原本想乘出租车环城旅行。我从未做过出租车,从头到尾我都有问题。

First, I had trouble hailing a cab. I didn’t realize that when the taxi’s light is off that the cabbie is off duty. No wonder they took no notice of me.
叫出租车时我碰到了麻烦,我没有意识到,出租车的灯已经灭了,司机已经下班了。难怪他们没有注意到我。

Then, a cab did pull over and I told him where I wanted to go. He said, though, that he wouldn’t take me because he wouldn’t be able to get a return fare!
然后,有辆出租车开到路边,我告诉他我要去的地方,但是他说他不想载我,因为他赚不到来回的路费。

I was looking around for a taxi stand when another cab pulled over, but my troubles didn’t stop there.
我四处寻找计程车停车场,这时又有辆出租车开过来,我的麻烦并未就此停止。

Cabbie: Where to?
去哪儿?

Ignacio: I’d like to go the Hamilton Building downtown. There’s a flat rate, isn’t there?
我要去市中心的Hamilton Building。有统一的价格,对吧?

Cabbie: No, we don’t have flat rates.
没有,我们没有统一的价格。

Ignacio: But a flat rate to downtown is required by law, isn’t it?
但是去市中心的统一价格是受法律约束的,不是吗?

Cabbie: Do you want to go downtown or not? I’ve already started the meter.
你到底想不想去市中心?我已经打开计算器了。

Ignacio: Where are your posted rates?
那你们约定的费用是多少?

Cabbie: We don’t have any. The first mile is $3.50 and each quarter mile is $2.00.
我们没有约定的,第一里是3.50美元,每0.25里2美元。

Ignacio: That doesn’t sound right to me. I think I’ll try another cab.
那听起来不适合我。我想我得找辆别的车。

Cabbie: Suit yourself!
随便。

I remembered what my co-worker told me. She said to steer clear of private cabs, like this one. The cabbies don’t have licenses and some of them will really take you for a ride – and not the kind you want!
我记得同事告诉过我。她说要避开个体的黑车,比如刚才的那辆。司机没有营业执照,有些人会欺骗你———那并不是你想找的司机。

生词注释

from start to finish 从头到尾, 自始至终

hail a cab 叫一辆出租车

cabby n. 出租车司机

off duty 下班

took no notice of me 没注意到我,不理睬我

pull over 开到路边

return fare 来回的路费

taxi stand 计程车停车场

flat rate 统一价格

meter n.计价器

posted adj. 发布的

suit yourself 自便

steer clear of 避开

license n.许可(证),执照

take you for a ride 欺骗你

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重点单词
  • licensen. 执照,许可证,特许 vt. 允许,特许,发许可证给
  • faren. 路费,食物 vi. 过活,进展,进食 vi.